Steve Alton — A Residency
A Residency — A framework for a day of an artist. By Steve Alton.
The Royal Docks, Newham, London
A proposal for a new international artist residency that creates a live/work environment for 100 artists.
The scheme addresses the risk of post-Brexit cultural decline through the provision of a new infrastructure for cultural creation. The residency will piggyback its participants onto the STEM visa fast-track system.
The spaces are choreographed to mirror monastic living, with a clear separation between life and work. The stillness of the architecture foregrounds the life and expression of the artists. Messy living does not demand messy architecture; and the clarity of the architectural framework for the residency counters the confusion of the creative process.
A Residency represents a much needed model for artist space in the capital, whose poise and quiet is a response and celebration of the convivial confusion of creation.